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Thoughts while Walking

Back in the day, this was called “Thoughts while Running.”  Time and circumstances have a funny way of helping us adjust expectations and outcomes.  One thing is for sure, I am NOT a service-disabled Veteran simply because the government felt generous and wanted to reward me for being a nice person.  The same applies for you as well.

With all you and your body have been through.  To finally arrive at this place of being classified as service-disabled.  How could you or why would you let anyone exploit that fact?  The federal government recognizes our service and the sacrifices that left us physically and in some cases mentally unable to perform as well as otherwise healthy persons.

There are laws and executive orders that address our particular area when contracting with the federal government.  It’s our job to know what they are and how to apply them.  In short, we must know what we’re entitled to and how to demand it.  Arm yourself with knowledge and apply it to your particular situation.

Don’t let people exploit you.  When you do, it doesn’t just negatively impact you.  It negatively impacts the entire Veteran community.

 

See you on the high ground!      

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Mission Essential Task List (METL) and the Business Plan

The format and concept of the outline and the Mission Essential Task List (METL) is essentially the same.  Each list a major task that must be accomplished then list smaller sub-tasks under those major tasks.  Unlike in the METL, where smaller sub-tasks are accomplished by subordinate units, in the outline, the smaller sub-tasks will be accomplished by you or members of your T.E.A.M.

Take for example the Business Plan outline.  It lists several major tasks and under each of those tasks are several sub-tasks.  If you have ever had occasion to be involved in training or help develop a unit’s METL, you can certainly develop your company’s Business Plan.  Like the METL, the Business Plan lays out the path to develop and grow from where you currently are to where you want to be.

Both documents are extremely important to the success of our organizations.  Both are living, breathing, dynamic documents that must be used, evaluated and updated as necessary.  Both documents help ensure we get to our desired end-state in the most efficient and effective manner possible.  Your military experience prepared you for many, many things – business ownership is just one of them.

 

See you on the high ground!               

 

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The Power of the List – Part 2

Another way to realize the power of the list is through the efficiencies it creates.  When we can line through or strike out entries on our lists; we feel a sense of accomplishment, a sense of positive productivity, a sense of goal attainment, we feel and can see that we are making progress toward a larger goal.

Recently, while having a conversation with a friend, the discussion turned to lists.  As we talked, he reminded me of the importance of having a To Do List.  He mentioned many of the things listed above.  We each recognized and agreed there is power in the list.  Then, he introduced me to possibly an even more important concept, the Not To Do List.

My friend talked about how he uses his To Do List.  He said that he updates it each night with new tasks to be accomplished the following day.  He commented about how empowering it feels to accomplish tasks on his list.  He went on to explain his Not To Do List.  He said he actually has a list of things that he refuses to do.  Things that hold no real value and will not advance his mission.

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of doing busy work.  Doing things that don’t advance your mission.  Doing things that give the false impression that you’re actually being productive.  Keep your focus, be very intentional and use your lists – both the To Do and Not to Do.

 

See you on the high ground!

 

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The Power of the List

Most of us are accustomed to working off lists.  Probably the most import list I used back then was the “Pre-Combat Check List.”  Just think about it for a second, that was probably a pretty important list in the “war fighting business.”  Lists served a definite purpose for us when we served, they still serve a definite purpose today.

When the construction contractor completes his work and it is inspected, one of two things generally happens.  They either pass with flying colors or they receive a “Punch List” of areas that need correction.  This “Punch List” tells the contractor exactly what has to be corrected and to what standard.

When you go grocery shopping, I strongly advise you to make and take a list.  When I was in high school, I worked in the food industry, so I know a few things about it.  Studies have actually been done on consumer food buying habits when hungry and both with and without a “Grocery List.”  Let me just share this little secret with you.  The grocery store prays you come shopping when you’re hungry and without a list.

It’s a good thing to use a list no matter if you’re young or old, no matter how smart you are, no matter how good your memory and no matter how many times you’ve done a task or thing.  Lists help ensure we have everything we need to perform any task to standard and to produce the desired results, every time.

What is it that you want to do?  Start or grow your business?  Win more contracts?  Whatever it is, chances are the steps to making that happen can be broken down into a list.  There is power in lists and you’re expert at developing and using them.  Put that power to work for you.

 

See you on the high ground!  

 

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